Pi Alpha Alpha

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Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration
Abbreviation PAA
Motto The Global Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration
Purpose Recognize and promote excellence
Headquarters Washington, DC
Parent organization
Website http://pialphaalpha.org/

Pi Alpha Alpha (ΠΑΑ or PAA) is the national honor society for students of public administration. It is administered by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in the United States.

The organization was formed to promote excellence in the study and practice of public administration and public affairs. There are 167 Pi Alpha Alpha chapters[1] with more than 30,000 members.


The purposes of this society shall be to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration, to promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public affairs and administration, and to foster integrity, professionalism and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities.[2]


Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) was established in 1974 by NASPAA under the leadership of the first PAA president Don L. Bowen. This honor society began with the goal to encourage excellence and recognize students who have gone above and beyond in the study of public policy and administration.



There are three different membership types, student, faculty/staff, and honorary.

Qualifications for students:50% of NASPAA degree program coursework completed and a GPA of 3.7.[3]

Memberships dues are set at $50 by PAA, local chapters may collect additional dues for programing costs. Membership is for life.


I pledge my support for the intellectual and professional advancement of the art and science of public administration and public affairs. I shall honor and respect the virtues and values of public service and those who serve. I shall uphold the eternal need for education that imbues public administrators with traditions of democratic governance. Moreover, as a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, I shall uphold the highest ethical standards applying to public service and will endeavor to encourage and engage in meaningful interaction with other members.[4]


PAA is a program within NASPAA, the global standard in public service education. NASPAA owns the registered trademark for PAA (U.S. Reg. No. 4,708,021). PAA is a sponsor of the Annual NASPAA Student Simulation Competition.[5]

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